September 3rd, 2009


A couple of hours in Kirkwood, Lake Tahoe...220809

As I said


when you can, even in the middle of a family wedding, do sneak out for a couple of hours if you are in a mountain resort...because the results can be wonderful!

Disclaimer: It was rainy and misty, but there were a couple of brief interludes of sunlight....and remember, I had MLC2, not any DSLR! :)

Apart from the RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in the post above (and let me tell you, that took up a LOT of those two hours!), there were so many other birds...all common ones, no doubt, but all new to me.

Once again, thanks to

Dave Pierce

who is truly an experienced birder. Unstintingly, he gave me help with the id's....if you click on that link, you will see what excellent work he is doing in other fields, too.

I didn't walk very far...just an area of, perhaps, half, or one square kilometre....and a LOT of the sightings were in a couple of pine trees.....

I saw large groups of


and watched them flit, sparrow-like, from ground to bushes, in a cloud that felt like a reverse fall of leaves. Here's one male:

male dark-eyed junco on pines 220809

Here he is, a little closer:
dark-eyed junco male

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Even the birds I thought I had seen before...I actually hadn't! This bird, I thought, was the


but no, it was, Dave informs me, the


Brewer's Blackbird Kirkwood 220809

So many birds in about an hour (one hour was just spent with those delightful hummingbirds!!) I wish I had a little longer in that beautiful place!